Randy ‘nanonoko” Lew became the envy of multi-tabling poker players everywhere by etching his name in the Guinness World Record books for playing the most online poker hands in a period of eight hours and turning a profit.
The Team PokerStars Pro played between 25 to 30 tables simultaneously, racking up 23,493 hands in the process, eking out a profit of $7.65. Not bad considering that at one point during the stretch, Lew was down $1,200.
“I really was running horrible,” Lew said of his losing streak. “I was trying to stay focused. But l still played well and tried to play my best, and eventually it worked out. Twelve hundred was rough, though. It could’ve been game over, to be honest.”
The new world record was achieved at the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas. Two large flat screen monitors were set up in a far corner of the tournament room with a backdrop of the PokerStars logo directly behind Lew’s computer and monitors. PokerStars, considered to be one of the world’s best poker sites, typically permits multi-tabling at a maximum of 24 tables, but allowed Lew to play more tables in his quest of the record.
Without taking time out for a bathroom break or even a drink of water for the entire eight-hour stretch, the thinly-built Lew proved to be an ironman on the virtual felt. Playing an amazing 48.94 hands per minute totalling 2,936.63 hands per hour, Lew tallied 22,784 FPPs during the record-breaking run. He showed poker fans a bit of how he was able to attain Supernova Elite status at PokerStars for four consecutive years beginning in 2007.
The level of concentration needed for such a remarkable feat is obviously, quite intense. Many observers wondered if the distractions surrounding Lew had an effect on his play.
“I’m not really good at blocking people out,” Lew admitted, “but I could see everyone taking pictures, and I could hear everyone talking. I’m pretty good at multi-tasking, so even though I can’t block out too well, I’m good at multi-tasking, so it wasn’t so bad.”
Lew’s accomplishment comes less than two months following his victory in the 2011 PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau Main Event, a payday of $484,617. After his Guiness record, Lew assessed his recent achievements rather candidly.
“Wining APPT Macau was pretty big, and having this right after, those two things are on the top of my list at the moment, to be honest,” he said.
The nearly half a million dollars from winning the APPT is a fraction of the amount that Lew has won multi-tabling online. Since August 2008, Lew has received hole cards more than 5 million times, winning more than $2.3 million. That total does not even consider the lucrative cashback rewards enjoyed by Supernova Elite players.
With Lew’s record-setting eight hours at the PCA, he is now in a class by himself. Congratulations nanonoko on a job well done!